Can You Sue A Government Entity For Personal Injury Or Wrongful Death?

When someone is injured or killed on public property because of the negligence of a government or public employee, or because of a dangerous condition of that public property, a governmental entity can be liable for damages. This is true whether the safety hazard or negligent act is traced to an employee or official of the federal government, the state, a city or county, a school district or water district or other public body.

The right to sue is not the same as successfully prosecuting a claim. The legal team at Guenard & Bozarth has secured settlements and jury awards involving governmental and quasi-public entities at the federal, state and local levels, including the city of Elk Grove, various transit districts, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Transportation and the U.S. Postal Service.

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Experienced Representation In Claims Against Public Bodies

Our accomplished lawyers have expertise in the preparation and trial of cases involving dangerous roadways. In the state of California, all state highways are owned and maintained by the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Lawsuits for collision injuries or wrongful death alleging dangerous conditions of public property are complicated and expensive, but our team understands how to successfully prosecute such cases.

Guenard & Bozarth has handled cases alleging highways unsafe and unfit because of:

  • Hazards caused by road resurfacing
  • Poorly designed bridge abutments, guardrails and median dividers
  • Negligently managed construction zones, including lack of proper or visible signage
  • Inadequate temporary lighting at resurfacing and construction sites, rendering pedestrians, other vehicles and landmarks difficult or impossible to see
  • Bad road design, including lanes that are too narrow or turns that are improperly banked
  • Surface defects, including potholes, loose gravel or other pavement hazards that cause vehicles to lose control

All California citizens and motorists are entitled to drive on public roadways that have been properly built and maintained. Where improper maintenance or design results in serious injury or death, the law firm of Guenard & Bozarth is ready to intervene.

In addition to dangerous conditions of public property, the public entity wrongful death specialists at Guenard & Bozarth have extensive experience in representing citizens who have been injured through the negligence of public transportation systems. Citizens are killed each year as a result of errors and negligence involving buses and light rail trains. Under California law, these "common carriers" are required to operate with the highest degree of care possible to ensure the safety of their passengers and the public. Those transit agencies are liable for negligent and dangerous operation of buses and trains, and for negligent hiring, training or retention of public transit drivers. Additionally, public entities are required to maintain their vehicles in a manner that is safe and fit, consistent with the "highest degree of care" to avoid serious or fatal injury to their passengers.

Similarly, government entities are accountable for maintaining safe conditions for citizens who visit public buildings, public spaces and government property. We have brought successful premises liability claims for a range of cases, from sidewalk defect trip-and-falls to falling branches in a city park.

Preserve The Evidence And Your Claim

In many cases, there is a six-month window after the accident or after the subsequent death to file a notice of claim against a state or local entity. In federal claims, the statute of limitations runs longer, but it is always in your best interests to talk to an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and preserve evidence and witness accounts important to your case.

Our California public entity lawsuit attorneys have been successful in Northern California in obtaining millions of dollars for individuals and families in suits against public entities. If a member of your family or a loved one has been fatally injured by the act or omission of a public employee, contact us today.